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The Global Rise of Populism

Monday, Sept. 23, 2019

Across the world, populism has become a prominent feature of the political landscape. This report provides a comprehensive look at the rise of populism and its implications for liberal democracies. Download your FREE copy of The Global Rise of Populism today.

In Europe, an anti-immigrant backlash against the 2015 migrant crisis helped fuel the rise of far-right, nationalist parties whose leaders often adopt a populist style. The Brexit referendum in 2016 appeared to be the highwater mark of the populist wave, but in Eastern and Southern Europe, and even in Scandinavia, populist parties continue to either govern or enjoy widespread popularity. In the U.S., Donald Trump used a populist style of politics, complete with demonizing immigrants and Muslims, to win the 2016 presidential election. Since taking office, his willingness to upend democratic norms has raised fears about the prospects for America’s democracy. And in Asia, leaders like Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have alarmed observers with their willingness to exploit populist appeals, even at the risk of provoking violence against vulnerable populations.

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In this report, you will learn about all aspects of the rise of populism, including:

  • How populism threatens liberal democracy.
  • Why Asia's rising populists could be more dangerous to democracy than the West's
  • How this trend is making the world more dangerous
  • Why the populist wave is likely to continue
  • What populism looks like in Asia, Europe and beyond

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What Is Populism?

Scholars have long found it difficult to agree on what populism is. The difficulties have been compounded by the fact that the word has meant very different things in different countries. In the United States, the term retains vaguely left-wing or progressive connotations: It originated in the late 19th century, when farmers started protesting against the political and financial elites of the Gilded Age, eventually forming the “People’s Party.” Many observers still think that populism must be “popular” in the sense of favoring the least advantaged—a sense that is reinforced by a glance at Latin America, where the advocates of populism have always stressed its inclusionary character in the context of what remains the most economically unequal region in the world.

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Why Is Populism Antithetical to Democracy?

Research indicates that democracy is weakened if it relies on the leadership of a single individual, as opposed to democratic institutions; if contestation is personality-driven, rather than structured by political parties; and if voters do not have access to reliable information via an independent media. A flurry of observers and pundits have therefore begun to question whether the U.S. is in the process of democratic backsliding or even has the potential to move toward autocracy in the years to come.

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